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O'Donnell Threatens To Sue Station Over Video

9:46 pm - 10/27/2010

(AP) - Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's campaign threatened a radio station with a lawsuit if it posted video of an interview with the tea party favorite on the Internet.

Del. Senate Candidate O'Donnell Threatens Station With Lawsuit Over Video, Then Apologizes

During the interview Tuesday on WDEL-AM, O'Donnell snapped her fingers and beckoned a spokesman to her side after the host of "The Rick Jensen Show" pressed her on how she would have handled the New Castle County budget differently from her Democratic opponent Chris Coons, who is the executive of the state's largest county.

Jensen told The Associated Press that O'Donnell said after the interview that she would sue if the video was released. O'Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran then called WDEL general manager Michael Reath, demanded that the station turn over the video and threatened to "crush" the station with a lawsuit if it did not comply, Reath said.

"He accused us of creating a story to garner ratings because we must be hurting since the (Philadelphia) Phillies were no longer on the air," Reath said, adding that Moran accused Jensen of "grandstanding."

After viewing the video, which the station provided to the campaign before posting it Tuesday night, O'Donnell's campaign attorney called WDEL's attorney and was very apologetic, Reath said.

O'Donnell spokesman Doug Sachtleben, who was in the studio during the interview, said her camp tried to find out before the questions whether it would be videotaped and, after not getting a clear answer, assumed it would not be.

"It was more of an issue of whether or not they were forthright with us," he said after a campaign event Wednesday from which a local newspaper reporter who wrote a March story outlining O'Donnell's personal financial problems was banned.

Reath noted that before the interview began - when O'Donnell, her sister, and Sachtleben were in the studio - a video technician came in to adjust the cameras and microphones.

The Wilmington station said it routinely posts audio and video of interview segments on it website, and that a September appearance by O'Donnell had been recorded and posted on the Web.

Moran wouldn't answer questions from AP, instead issuing a statement denying that he used the word "crush," even though Reath says he did.

"This is another example of the liberal media shamelessly attacking Christine O'Donnell to boost their ratings," Moran said in the statement, even though Jensen, the host of the show in question, is a well-known conservative.

Unfortunately most of the videos on the net been taken down. But lucky I find one on the interview.

frillywitch 28th-Oct-2010 05:19 am (UTC)
This keeps getting funnier and funnier. I hope she sticks around after losing the election.
fofomazuzu 28th-Oct-2010 05:45 am (UTC)
NO, we already have Palin and Bachmann, we need some more POSITIVE female politicians getting some airtime. Conservative or Liberal, I don't care, but they need not be loony.

But I'm sure she will, FOXNews will give her a soapbox to stand on and people will listen for some reason.
autumnleaving 28th-Oct-2010 05:32 am (UTC)
What did I just read... O_o
darksumomo 28th-Oct-2010 05:59 am (UTC)
You just read a k00ks00t threat. Fortunately for O'Donnell, her campaign has enough money to hire a lawyer with enough sense to realize that his client had no cause for action.
ladylothwen 28th-Oct-2010 05:45 am (UTC)
......I really don't get her.
saramiskismet 28th-Oct-2010 06:09 am (UTC)
All things considered... that's very good.
krazykat88 28th-Oct-2010 05:55 am (UTC)
uh. I don't see how they were creating a story - and even if they were - thats not a reason to sue - unless they were planning to lie about what had been said to make O'Donnell seem totally nuts/incompetent (which would be a waste of time - 90% she says are batshit crazy on their own)
fatpie42 28th-Oct-2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
What I don't get is that this isn't even a particularly terrible example. She's looked a lot more foolish just in her own political broadcast. In the video provided above she uses a typical tactic of answering the question you want to answer rather than the one you've been asked. To be fair, I think she used that tactic pretty well and if she hadn't decided to sue over this, most of her supporters probably wouldn't have even noticed that she screwed up.
kitschaster 28th-Oct-2010 08:12 am (UTC)
This is just an excuse to post a song that's been in my head all week.

kitschaster 28th-Oct-2010 08:16 am (UTC)
And if that weren't catchy enough....

I adore the cover. *cries* I actually really like his voice. Ooooy.

excusemesenator 28th-Oct-2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
"This is another example of the liberal media shamelessly attacking Christine O'Donnell to boost their ratings," Moran said in the statement, even though Jensen, the host of the show in question, is a well-known conservative.

jiaren_shadow 28th-Oct-2010 12:26 pm (UTC)

I seriously have no words right now. I am so gobsmacked by this woman's utter stupidity.
simona_zetsubou 28th-Oct-2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
I love the smell of crazy in the morning.
gmth Can't believe no one's said this yet... 28th-Oct-2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Get a brain, Moran.
beoweasel Re: Can't believe no one's said this yet... 28th-Oct-2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
You know, I was thinking that same thing.
c_yo_yus 28th-Oct-2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
That darn liberal media! Having cameras and recording things like a bunch of commie bastards!
beoweasel 28th-Oct-2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah! It's like some crazy 1984 shit! :O
crossfire 28th-Oct-2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
She's crazy but she's more articulate than Palin. *shrug*
mollywobbles867 28th-Oct-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Radio stations video tape all their interviews nowadays. She is not a special snowflake.
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sundaypearl 28th-Oct-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
You can hear it right before the man in the black suit comes over. She reaches her hand towaed him and snaps.
4eyedblonde 28th-Oct-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
i love how she tries to sick her bodyguard on rick. lol wtf is he going to do? tackle him during his own radio show?
cyranothe2nd fucking ridic28th-Oct-2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, how dare he ask her POLITICALLY PERTINENT QUESTIONS?!?!
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